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Fall is in the Air!

Greetings from the superintendent

Tanya Krause

Scotts Valley USD Superintendent, Tanya Krause

October 2016

The leaves are falling and the weather is changing - fall is in the air as we enter the 6th week of school!  We have had a wonderful and busy start to the school year and everyone is now back into “school mode” and are reacquainted with school schedules, traffic patterns, and participation in activities, meetings and events!

You have most likely seen or read about our test scores, if not, please visit our district webpage,  As a district, we continue to celebrate our successes, and focus on areas for improvement.  One of our key areas of focus this year is analyzing and implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).  MTSS is an integrated, comprehensive approach that focuses on core instruction and differentiated learning needs that are in alignment with behavioral and social successes.  Throughout our district K- 12, we are focusing on implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports). 

In our September 30 full day Professional Development day, staff heard from a panel including students, about their learning experiences in SVUSD or other districts.   They were asked to respond to questions like: What was/is your school experience?  What’s important for educators to know about how you learn?  What can educators do to best support each person’s experience in school?   What “little” things did your teacher(s) do that felt like they made a “big” difference? This panel was facilitated by Director of Student Services, Sharlene Ransom and it was a powerful experience. 

We also heard from SVUSD educators, K – 12, who shared their successful strategies and the importance of the teacher/student connection.  We heard a lot about addressing learning differences and the positive impact of providing social and emotional support to students in addition to academic instruction.  Teachers, staff and administrators feel such a great sense of responsibility to try to address the needs of all students and their different learning styles. 

There are so many exciting upcoming events at each of our sites.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Vine Hill has the Read-a- Thon scheduled October 31st to November 10th.
  • Brook Knoll’s Fall Festival is being held October 27th.
  • SVMS:   Friday, October 7th is their first dance. Their fundraiser, the ColorRun, will be held October 17th through October 28 and Wednesday, October 19th is a bike safety presentation.
  • SVHS:  Homecoming is October 14th and there will be a Homecoming bake sale that same day. There are going to be Haunted House booths October 26th – 29th.  The theme for this year is “Castles.”  Come visit the Haunted House - it should be a great experience again this year!

October is Emergency Preparedness Month.  Sites are holding emergency drills and will be participating in the Great Shakeout on October 20th.  Earthquake drills and safety awareness are the primary focus.  Sites are reviewing emergency procedures and emergency preparedness.

College and Career week is October 24th – October 28th, and Red Ribbon Week is October 23rd through October 31st.  Red Ribbon week is the nationally recognized annual anti-drug awareness campaign, focusing on being safe, mindful, and drug-free.  SVPD provides red ribbons in recognition of this annual event.

We are moving along with the SVMS construction project.  In the October 25th Board meeting, there will be a review of key decisions and progress made to date, as well as next steps moving forward.  Toward the end of this month, portables will start arriving onto the campus, and fencing will start going up for the initial areas for temporary relocation.  Principal Mary Lonhart will be providing updates to her Middle School Community and there will be updates on the district web page as well. 

Please go to for information.  You will also see the link to the SVMS Construction Zone Facebook page on the school’s webpage as well.

Again, thank you to the parents and the community for continually supporting our schools!

Warm regards,

Tanya Krause


“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” 
― Leo Buscaglia